Brighten up – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

1. We use brighten up when talking about the weather.

The weather brightens up if the sun starts to shine and the clouds begin to disappear.

Example of use:

I think it’s going to brighten up later.

2. To brighten up something or somewhere (or brighten something up) means to make it look better, perhaps with more colour or a fresh coat of paint.

Example of use:

Our kitchen was looking a bit dull so we brightened it up with some lovely yellow paint.

3. We also use brighten up to describe a person who suddenly looks or feels happier.

Example of use:

Maisie really brightened up when her mum arrived to collect her from school.

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